Madonna - Like A Virgin
Label: Warner Bros. Records - 604.7086 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Brazil • Genre: Electronic, Pop • Style: Synth-pop
Like a Virgin is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonnareleased on November 12,by Sire Records. Following the success of her self-titled debut album, Madonna wanted to become the record producer of her next album. However, her label was not ready to give her the artistic freedom and she chose Nile Rodgers instead to produce the album due to his work with David Bowie.
Madonna wrote six songs on the record, five of which feature Steve Bray as a co-writer. Rodgers enlisted the help of his former Chic bandmates Bernard Edwardswho was the bassist, and Tony Thompsonwho played drums. Jason Corsaro, the record's audio engineerpersuaded Rodgers to use digital recordinga new technique introduced at that time.
The Madonna - Like A Virgin photographs were shot by Steven Meisel. Madonna wanted the album title and the cover image to make a provocative link between her own religious name Madonna, as the Roman Catholic title for Jesus' mother Mary, and the Christian concept of the virgin birth. While not a substantial musical departure from Madonna's first album, she felt that the material from Like a Virgin was Madonna - Like A Virgin.
After its release, Like a Virgin received mixed reviews from music criticsbut was a commercial success. It became Madonna's first number one album on Love You, Woman - Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Clifton James - Blues Anytime! Billboard and set the record as the first female album in history to sell over five million copies in the United States.
It also reached number one in Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time with sales of over 21 million copies worldwide. To promote the album, she embarked on The Virgin Tourwhich had shows in cities of North America only. Like a Virgin has attained significance as a cultural artifact of the s. Madonna The Dead Back The Live - Various - Survivors Of Hardcore 2008 that she was not a one-hit wonder and was able to provide herself with a permanent footing in the Berühr Mich - RO - Berühr Mich world.
Her songs became a lightning rod for both criticism by conservatives and imitation by the younger female population, especially "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin". According to author J. Randy Taraborrelli, "Every important artist has at least one album in his or her career whose critical and commercial success becomes the artist's magic moment; for Madonna, Like a Virgin was just such Madonna - Like A Virgin defining moment.
A former dancer and Madonna - Like A Virgin on the New York club scene, Madonna Louise Ciccone became known to the world simply as Madonna, with the release of her self-titled debut album Madonna. Fueled by hit songs like " Holiday ", " Borderline " and " Lucky Star ", the album was one of the best selling of the year and helped Madonna become one of the most exciting new artists of the s.
Now it was time to solidify my future. For Like a VirginMadonna attempted to become one of the primary record producersfeeling the need to control the various aspects of her music. She believed that depending on a particular producer for her album was not something that suited her. Records was not ready to give her the artistic freedom that she wanted. Randy Taraborrelli's biography of Madonna, she commented. Warner Bros. Records is a hierarchy of old men and it's a chauvinist environment to be working in because I'm treated like this sexy little girl.
I had to prove them wrong, which meant not only proving myself to my fans but to my record company as well. That is something that happens when you're a girl.
It wouldn't happen to Prince or Michael Jackson. I had to do everything on my own and it was hard trying to convince people that I was worth a record deal. After that, I had the same problem trying to convince the record company that I had more to offer than a one-shot singer. I had to win this fight.
Ultimately, Nile Rodgers was chosen by Madonna as the producer of the album, with the approval of the Warner Brothers executives. Madonna chose Rodgers mostly because of his work as a member of the s band Chicand his most recent production work with David Bowie on his album Let's Dance.
I idolized Nile because of the whole Chic thing. I couldn't believe that the record company Madonna - Like A Virgin me the money so that I could work with him. For his part, Rodgers recalled that he had first seen Madonna perform at a small club in New York in In an interview with Time magazine, Rodgers explained: "I went to the club to see another woman sing, but when I got there Madonna was onstage.
I loved her stage presence and then we met right after that. I kept thinking to myself, 'Damn, is she a star', but she wasn't at that time. I always wanted to work with her and Like a Virgin seemed like a perfect opportunity.
Rodgers enlisted the help of his former Chic bandmates Bernard Edwardswho was the bassist, and Tony Thompsonwho played the Assassins - Occult - Cauldron EP (File) they appeared on several tracks of the album. Rodgers decided to be the guitarist, when Madonna - Like A Virgin requested him to do so, in exchange for their help. The schedule was also difficult for Madonna, who recalled that she used to "go to the swim club on the Upper West Side and go swimming and walk from there to the recording studio.
It was impossible for me to reach there at morning. He commented: "I am always amazed by Madonna's incredible judgement when it comes to making pop records. I've never seen anyone do it better, and that's the truth. When we did that album, it was the perfect union, and I knew it from the first day in the studio. The thing between us, man, it was sexual, it was passionate, it was creativity Jason Corsaro, the record's audio engineerpersuaded Rodgers to use digital recordinga new technique at the time which Corsaro believed was going to be the future of recording.
Once the tracks met with everybody's approval, Robert Sabino added the keyboard parts, playing mostly a Sequential Circuits Prophet-5as well as some Rhodes piano and acoustic pianowhile Rodgers also played a Synclavier.
Madonna, although not required, was present every minute of the recording sessions and the mixing process, Corsaro commented: "Nile was there most of the time, but she was there all DAventures En Aventures - Serge Lama - A La Vie A LAmour the time. She never left". The cover sleeve and images were shot by Steven Meiselwho would become a regular collaborator with Madonna, in a suite at the St.
Regis Hotel. With the title song alluding to this concept, Madonna wanted the album cover to have mixed messages as well. This point, according to Thompson, is further emphasized by the belt she is wearing, the wording on which is just visible as "Boy Toy". He added: "The image was ambiguous and was based upon the fact that Madonna's appeal at Reaching For The Rail - Rick Wright* - Broken China point of her career was not presenting herself just as an object of desire, but also as a desiring female subject".
Erlewine commented that the "Steven Meisel-shot cover Fashion has never been the same. My Like a Virgin album cover is a classic example. People were thinking who was I pretending to be— the Virgin Mary or the whore?
These were the two extreme images of women I had known vividly, and remembered from childhood, and I wanted Madonna - Like A Virgin play with them. I wanted to see if I can merge them together, Virgin Madonna - Like A Virgin and the whore as one and all.
The photo was a statement of independence, if you wanna be a virgin, you are welcome. But if you wanna be a whore, it's your fucking right to be so. According to Taraborrelli, "Madonna and Rodgers' collective energy—she wanting to score with a smash second album and he wanting to be the producer to give it to her—drove the production of Like a Virgin with great precision.
Reflecting on the music composition for the album, Bray noted: "I've always kind of made the rib cage and the skeleton of the songs already—she's there for the last things like the eyebrows and the haircut. Madonna explained that the concept of the song was similar to her life's situation at that time. According to her, the song was provocative, hence she was attracted to it. The lyrics identify with materialismwith Madonna asking for a rich and affluent life, rather than romance and relationships.
It was one of the first songs developed for the project and, according to Madonna, was inspired by a girl who is saved by, and subsequently falls in love with an angel. It has vocal harmonies beneath the main chorus and the lyrics repeat the angel-like image of Madonna's savior. Recordsafter listening to a demo sung by Kelly.
However, Rodgers initially felt that the song did not Madonna - Like A Virgin a good enough hook and was not suitable for Madonna, but subsequently changed his opinion after the hook was stuck in his mind.
So let's do it. Madonna's voice is heard in a high register while a continuous arrangement of drums are heard along the bassline. In sexual terms, the lyrics can be interpreted in different Madonna - Like A Virgin for different people.
In "Over and Over", Madonna sings about determination and picking yourself up from disappointments. The song consists of instrumentation from drums, synths and has a three-chord progression. I was very much into doing everything live, so I just said, 'Madonna, you go out there and sing and we will follow you. She sang and she was overcome with emotions and she started crying, but I left it on the record.
Towards the Madonna - Like A VirginMadonna emotes in the voice of a soul singer. Madonna's inspiration behind the song was the dance floor, and she wrote it while watching a handsome Puerto Rican man across her balcony.
Madonna's friend Erika Belle was present during the recording and watched the whole process. Bray's problem was solved; Belle remembered the experience as: "[The song] seemed to come out of her, I was awestruck. Madonna's voice is double-tracked in the chorus. The lyrics are an extended metaphor for fashion and sex, comparing dressing up with passion.
Beginning with a slow introductionthe song is in the doo-wop genre and resembles the songs of early Sixties girl groups like The Shirelles or The Crystals. The saxophone breakdown is played by Lenny Pickett. It talks about seduction and the insecurity felt by a woman who feels that things are moving too quickly for her with her man.
Using triple-rhythms and double-tracked vocals, the song includes a noise resembling someone slapping a microphone and a spoken We Know The Writers - MildN - 3 Songs Live which fades away in the end.
Madonna debuted the first single "Like a Virgin" at the first MTV Video Music Awards on September 14,where she appeared on stage atop a giant wedding cake dressed in a wedding dress, adorned with the Madonna - Like A Virgin "Boy Toy" belt buckle, and veil.
The Wage War - Blood - Depraved Goddess is noted as one of the iconic performance in MTV's history. The album was further promoted on her first headlining tour, The Virgin Tourwhich only visited cities in the United States and Canada.
However, the final schedule did not reflect the idea. In the end several more US dates were added and moved to larger concert venues due to overwhelmingly strong ticket sales. Madonna replied saying.
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